By the close of last year’s Thanksgiving weekend, surviving turkeys sighed with relief. We are roughly halfway to this year’s holiday and, once again, eager to indulge in the tasty bird. June is Turkey Lovers’ Month, so pull out the roasting pans, basters and carving knives, get ready to gobble.
This is the perfect opportunity to try out new recipes. If you’ve thought about smoking or deep-frying, the weather in June is more conducive to tackling outdoor cooking experiments. It’s also a safer time for turkey frying because your garden hose is hooked up and ready to tame any unruly flames.
Kick off Turkey Lovers’ Month by hosting Thanksgiving 2.0, which is turkey dinner on a more casual scale. Set up the patio table for an al fresco fiesta. Serve warm weather side dishes such as light salads and vegetables.
Cheesecake or lemon meringue pie provides a cooling finish to the meal, but nix Cousin Jack’s idea of homemade turkey ice cream. If he ignores your veto and arrives with a container of his dubious creation, you may need to invite the neighbor’s dog to dinner.
As luck would have it, Turkey Lovers’ Month gives you 30 days to dine, so those poor turkeys might come precariously close to the endangered species list. However, once cooked, nothing shall go to waste. From sandwiches to soups, there are endless recipes for leftover turkey.
Practice your turkey trot as you make your way to the table, presenting your entrées with style, and remember to dream big when it’s time to snap the wishbone.